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Swiss parliament approves Hermes 900 deal

 

08 September, 2015 BY: Arie Egozi - FG

 

The Swiss parliament on 7 September voted in favour of an armed forces plan to buy six Elbit Systems Hermes 900 unmanned air vehicles, in a deal valued at $256 million.

 

Last year, the Hermes 900 was selected by the Swiss armed forces, but the signing of a contract was delayed until the receipt of political approval. A deal should now be signed within the next few weeks. The Hermes 900 UAVs to be supplied to Switzerland will be in an upgraded version that will improve performance in some parameters. One of the enhancements is the provision of a heavy fuel engine, which will enable the aircraft to achieve a higher rate of climb after take-off – a key requirement because of the country's mountainous terrain.

 

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RAF A400M Atlas Aircraft – photo Steve Lympany – Uk MoD

RAF A400M Atlas Aircraft – photo Steve Lympany – Uk MoD

 

14 September, 2015 BY: Craig Hoyle - FG

 

London - Royal Air Force A400Ms will be equipped with an important security system from Airbus Defence & Space, under a new contract with the UK Ministry of Defence.

 

Worth £3.3 million ($5 million) for an initial 15-month activity spanning development to delivery, the deal will lead to the provision of a local crypto key management system. This technology “eliminates the need for crypto equipment aboard an airborne platform to be individually re-keyed before every mission,” says Airbus, which adds that the enhancement will “prevent data compromise that could threaten the safety and security of an aircraft’s mission.”

 

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Captor-E radar for Eurofighter credits Selex ES

Captor-E radar for Eurofighter credits Selex ES

 

14 September, 2015 BY: Dominic Perry – FG

 

London  - The Euroradar consortium is closing in on the flight-test phase for its Captor E-Scan active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

 

A pair of instrumented production aircraft (IPA) will be used for the test effort – IPA5 from the UK and IPA8 from Germany – and are nearly ready for radar installation, says consortium chairman Andrew Cowdery. “Both aircraft are nearing completion in terms of accepting the radar,” he says. The €1 billion ($1.1 billion) programme – which is part of a broader capability enhancement for the Typhoon – is "on track" to launch the next phase, which will require a "significant amount" of flight testing to complete the calibration and integration of the new radar.

 

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photo Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air

 

11 September, 2015 BY: Beth Stevenson - FG

 

CAE’s defence lead has revealed plans to replicate the unmanned air vehicle training that it offers to the US Air Force to more operators of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems family of Predator UAVs.

 

The company currently provides pilot training for the MQ-1 and MQ-9 UAVs to the USAF at Holloman AFB in New Mexico, but with more sales of the type – particularly in Europe – Gene Colabatistto, group president of defence and security, is hoping that more “centres of excellence” can be established worldwide. “The strategy is that we want to be aligned with the Predator,” Colabatistto said during a media briefing at Holloman AFB, adding that there is an opportunity in every region – plus more in the USA – and that CAE has locations for these in mind. Italy is the first operator nation to acquire its own simulator for its Predator fleet, suggesting that Rome could be pursuing an intention to establish itself as a centre for training in Europe. France, Italy and the UK all carry out their pilot training at Holloman, while Dutch personnel are due to begin training next year.

 

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photo US Navy

photo US Navy

 

09 September, 2015 BY: James Drew - FG

 

Washington DC  - The long-running debate over the mission of the US Navy's carrier-launched unmanned surveillance and strike aircraft might have set the "UCLASS" competition back few years, but the maritime force's acquisition chief says getting the requirements right from the beginning is vital.

 

“This programme is in acquisition hell right now. It’s been inside the building for three years, just trying to get out and see the light of day,” Navy assistant secretary Sean Stackley said at a Navy League forum in Washington 9 September. “We’ll debate on it some more this fall (September to November) with OSD to determine whether or not we have the right programme, not just for the navy, but the nation.” With many conflicting views and opinions about the role of the aircraft, Stackley says once the requirements question is settled, the programme will have a much better chance of delivering the carrier-based UAV the navy needs to maintain its technological edge. “It will be five to 10 years before [UCLASS] is operational, and then it will be flying for another 20 to 25 years. We’ve got to get it right,” he says. “We’re all being patient. Industry is being patient. The navy views this as a critical programme and we’ve got to leverage what unmanned offers to our [carrier] air wing sooner rather than later.”

 

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Calendrier des Think Tanks à Bruxelles (màj 14 Sept.)- RPFranceUE

 

source rpfrance.eu
 

Le calendrier des think tanks, mis à jour chaque semaine, regroupe les conférences et rencontres organisées par les think tanks à Bruxelles.

 

Retrouvez le calendrier de la semaine du lundi 14 septembre 2015. (961ko)

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photo EMA / Armée de l'Air

photo EMA / Armée de l'Air

 

14/09/2015 Sources : État-major des armées

 

Le sergent Adrien, 26 ans, est chef de groupe de protection et d’intervention patrouille au sein du détachement de protection (DETPRO) de la base aérienne de Niamey au Niger. Il est l’un des 80 militaires chargé d’assurer la protection du site, de son personnel, de ses aéronefs et de ses installations.

 

Il fait partie de l’une des deux sections qui se relayent quotidiennement pour 24 heures de permanence : prises de garde, perceptions d’armements et relèves de postes sont le quotidien du sergent Adrien. Les missions de protection défense sont nombreuses et rythment les quatre mois de projection du DETPRO : patrouilles sur la base aérienne nigérienne, escortes de sécurisation sur l’aéroport international Diori Hamani, à l’ambassade ou au palais de justice de Niamey, convois à la prison de haute sécurité de Koutoukalé, etc. En France, il est fusilier parachutiste au sein du Commando parachutiste de l’air 30 (CPA30) de la base aérienne 106 de Bordeaux-Mérignac. Entré dans l’armée de l’Air en 2010, le sergent Adrien a déjà effectué quatre missions en opérations extérieures, en Afghanistan, au Tchad, au Mali et au Niger. Depuis le mois de mai 2015, il est ainsi projeté au Niger pour la seconde fois de sa jeune carrière.

 

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Raffarin : l'effort de la France pour sa défense "n'est pas suffisant"

Jean Pierre Raffarin est l'actuel président de la commission des Affaires étrangères, de la Défense et des Forces armées du Sénat.

 

14/09/2015 Le Point.fr  (AFP)

 

Pour l'ancien Premier ministre Les Républicains, "l'effort en équipements, en fonctionnement, en interne et en externe, devra être durablement poursuivi".

 

L'effort de la France en matière de défense « n'est pas suffisant par rapport aux menaces auxquelles nous sommes exposés », estime lundi l'ancien Premier ministre Jean-Pierre Raffarin (Les Républicains), dans un entretien au Figaro. « L'effort en équipements, en fonctionnement, en interne comme en externe, devra être durablement poursuivi », souligne le président de la commission des Affaires étrangères, de la Défense et des Forces armées du Sénat.

 

« Deux lignes de force s'imposeront à nous dans les années qui viennent », explique-t-il. « D'une part, l'insécurité sera croissante. Il ne faut pas croire que nous pouvons nous permettre de relâcher notre effort militaire. » D'autre part, « aujourd'hui, la défense est, sans doute, le secteur d'excellence de notre économie nationale ». « Quel que soit le prochain président de la République, celui-ci devra faire de la défense un pôle central de la politique de sécurité, mais aussi de la politique de développement du pays », affirme-t-il.

 

En ce qui concerne la Syrie, Jean-Pierre Raffarin juge qu'« intervenir au sol est à ce jour impossible » et qu'« il eût été dangereux de prendre cette décision ». Il estime aussi que la France « n'a pas aujourd'hui les moyens d'assumer un leadership au sol ». « Je mesure qu'une intervention au sol sera sans doute nécessaire, ce sera aux puissances de la région d'en assumer le leadership », déclare-t-il.

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Le Cyber-Cercle fait sa rentrée et relook son site web


14.09.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

 

Le Cyber-Cercle, dirigé par Bénédicte Pillet, vient de lancer son nouveau site web. Il est à consulter ici.

L'agenda des premiers petits déjeuners débats de la rentrée 2015 est prêt (lire ci-dessous) et il est possible, dès à présent, de s'inscrire à ces événements sur www.cybercercle.com . 

Sur ce site, on peut retrouver l’intégralité des publications et des événements (dont les matinales). Il offre également un agenda, une mise à jour de l'actualité, un espace dédié aux contributions d’experts, aux formations cyber, aux vidéos et aux comptes rendus, ainsi qu’un accès complet aux archives et aux ressources.

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Foundation stone of EATC new building

 

Friday 11 September - by EATC

 

Dutch Air Chief laid the foundation stone for the new EATC building on 10th September 2015.


On the occasion of its steering-board meeting on 10th September 2015, the EATC is also celebrating the construction of its future permanent building at Eindhoven Air Base.


Dutch Air Chief General Schnitger and Mr Job Dura, CEO of construction company Dura Vermeer, laid the foundation stone of the new EATC building. Expected to be ready for use by Summer 2016, this building will host the seven Participating Nations of the EATC, thus a total of over 220 personnel from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy and Spain.


With the construction of the new building NLD has fulfilled the Host Nation’s offer made in 2007 to accommodate the EATC in an infrastructure tailored to its needs. The success of the EATC will be reflected in this new building : it offers the space for the new Participating Nations, Spain and Italy, that joined EATC last year.  


Established in September 2010, the EATC is today at the finish of its 5th year and has successfully developed into the leading organization within Europe for military Air Transport, Air-to-Air Refuelling and Aeromedical Evacuation.


For an overview of the achievements but also the way ahead of the EATC, click on the here:

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photo Spanish Air Force

photo Spanish Air Force

 

Zaragoza - 09 September, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

Seven aircraft from six countries (Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain) currently gather at Zaragoza Airbase in Spain for the fourth training event this year organised in the framework of the European Air Transport Fleet (EATF). From 6 to 18 September, participants of the European Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course (EAATTC) will undergo a robust training in order to enhance interoperability between European air forces. A total of 130 flight hours and 63 sorties are planned.

 

The first week of the course will start with tactical awareness academics spread over four half-days and basic flying sorties. The complexity of the missions will increase over the course of the second week to involve low-level flying, cargo and personnel air drop, engine running operations, air-to-air (F18 and Eurofighters) and surface-to-air threats as well as maximum effort landings. At the end of the two weeks course, crews will receive a graduation certificate and patch.   

 

Host country: Spain 

The European Air Transport Command (EATC), EDA and Spain as host nation constitute the “Core Planning Team” of the flying event. Together with a team of international tactical instructors from seven different countries (Belgium, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, France and Germany), they will challenge the course participants. This is the fourth time that Spain is hosting an EATF event. Moreover Spain has been selected to host the permanent European Airlift Centre (ETAC) with its tactical arrangement currently under development. The Initial Operating Capability (IOC) of the centre is foreseen for September 2016.   

 

Improving interoperability 

Initiated by the European Defence Agency and run by the European Air Transport Command, the EAATTC series of courses aim to provide air transport crews with a robust airlift tactics training syllabus in order to enhance interoperability between European air forces. It takes crews into a theatre-deployment mindset, exposing them to airland and airdrop missions in a tactically-challenging environment. Emphasis is put on aircraft operations and on application of procedures in a changing environment. The EAATTC series of courses is one of the deliverables of the European Air Transport Fleet partnership, launched in 2011 by 20 participating nations under the framework of the European Defence Agency.  

 

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The EU role at the 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference

 

14-09-2015 - by SEDE

 

On 21 September the Subcommittee will exchange views on the EU role of the 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference with Jacek Bylica, Principal Adviser and Special Envoy for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, EEAS.

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The future of European drone programmes

 

14-09-2015 - by SEDE

 

On 22 September the Subcommittee will debate the future of European drone programmes with representatives of the European Defence Agency and the European Commission.

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LOGCAP IV Tent Installation and Construction at Forward Operating Base - photo Fluor Corporation

LOGCAP IV Tent Installation and Construction at Forward Operating Base - photo Fluor Corporation

 

14.09.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

 

La société américaine Fluor Corporation, l'un des trois firmes (avec DynCorp et KBR) retenues dans le cadre du LOGCAP IV (le Logistic Civil Augmentation Program), a annoncé qu'elle avait été choisie pour assurer le soutien des opérations de l'AFRICOM en Afrique, de l'Union africaine et des organisations régionales de sécurité d'Afrique. Lire le communiqué ici.

Fluor assurera le même type de missions au profit du SOUTHCOM (Caraïbes, Amériques centrale et latine).

Au siège de ces deux commandements (Stuttgart pour l'AFRICOM et Miami pour le SOUTHCOM), Fluor va détacher un responsable de la planification.

Pour en savoir plus sur Fluor et son rôle dans les contingency operations, cliquer ici.

Fluor fait aussi partie des huit firmes retenues dans le cadre de l'Air Force Contract Augmentation Program IV (AFCAP IV); ce programme de 6 ans débute le 1er octobre prochain.

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photo U.N.

photo U.N.

 

14 September 2015 by Africa Defense Forum

 

With unmanned aircraft changing the dynamics of warfare, it should come as no surprise that the technology is changing peacekeeping as well.

 

Since the end of 2013, the United Nations has used unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs and drones, to fly over the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The 5-meter-long Selex ES Falco drones monitor remote regions that U.N. peacekeeping troops can’t reach. The drones, equipped with cameras, heat-signature equipment and night-vision technology, can conduct surveillance in the dark and detect movement below a thick tree canopy — a new frontier in intelligence-gathering. The drones patrol the eastern border at a low altitude, monitoring rebels and militia, and also track illegal mining in the region. The DRC mission known by the acronym MONUSCO is the first time the U.N. has used drones for peacekeeping. Although the sophisticated UAVs aren’t cheap, they are becoming more affordable. The initial cost of the two-drone mission was estimated at $15 million per year, or about 1 percent of the mission’s annual budget. The mission has since added three more drones, although one of them crashed in October 2014. “They provide a very good bang for the buck,” a U.N. official told FoxNews.com. “When you are thinly spread in the region, these UAVs provide an extra set of eyes for our peacekeepers in the DRC.” Drone use in the military is here to stay. As of early 2012, at least 10 African countries had established some type of drone program.

 

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West Africa's ECOWAS extends mission in crisis-hit Guinea-Bissau

 

14 September 2015 defenceWeb (Reuters)

 

West Africa's ECOWAS regional bloc on Saturday extended a security force in Guinea-Bissau into 2016 to help protect state institutions amid a political crisis that has left the country without a government.

 

Senegal President Macky Sall, who heads the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), called the extraordinary summit to discuss a political crisis in coup-prone Guinea-Bissau sparked when President Jose Mario Vaz dismissed the prime minister a month ago.

 

He later replaced him with a new premier but a Supreme Court ruling this week deemed the new appointment unconstitutional and cabinet was dissolved.

 

"Given the fragility of the political situation in the country, the conference decided to extend the mandate of ECOMIB for six months from January to June 2016," ECOWAS said in a statement, referring to its 600-strong force. Mediation efforts by the bloc will continue, it added.

 

The former Portuguese colony has suffered nine coups or attempted coups since 1980. But after a peaceful election in 2014, former prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira helped convince donors to pledge over 1 billion euros (£0.73 billion)in financial assistance to the poor cashew exporter.

 

"The new prospects opened by the March 2015 (donors') conference are seriously threatened by the crisis," Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, president of the ECOWAS commission, told reporters at the summit, which was attended by 8 heads of state including Guinea Bissau's Vaz.

 

October presidential elections scheduled in Guinea, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast were also discussed and ECOWAS underscored the need for free, credible, transparent and peaceful polls.

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La lutte contre Boko Haram s’organise dans le nord du Cameroun

 

14.09.2015 Par Josiane Kouagheu (envoyée spéciale à Maroua, Cameroun) - lemonde.fr

 

Les phares des bus à l’arrêt éclairent l’entrée de la ville de Maroua, capitale régionale de l’extrême nord du Cameroun. Au milieu de la route, les passagers descendus forment une file interminable. Il est 23 h 12. « Présentez-moi vos cartes nationales d’identité (CNI) », ordonne le policier. Torche à la main gauche, il jette un bref regard à l’homme debout devant lui. « Ouvrez votre sac à dos ». Les gestes se répètent, monotones. Epuisés, les autres passagers s’assoient à même le sol ou s’adossent aux carlingues.

« Depuis le début des incursions en terre camerounaise de Boko Haram, les contrôles mixtes se sont intensifiés dans l’extrême nord. Mais, depuis les attentats suicides qui ont frappé en plein cœur Maroua, tout est sur haute surveillance », explique un agent. Aucun véhicule n’entre, ne sort et ne circule dans la ville après 20 heures. « Il faut attendre 5 heures pour entrer dans Maroua et arriver à l’agence », ajoute un conducteur, allongé sur son siège.

 

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SAS Isaac Dyobha (P1565) - photo Perry Hutson

SAS Isaac Dyobha (P1565) - photo Perry Hutson

 

14 September 2015 by defenceWeb

 

SAS Protea (A324), the South African Navy’s hydrographic vessel, will be the lead South African platform in the upcoming Exercise Oxide later this month.

 

She, along with the offshore patrol vessel SAS Isaac Dyobha (P1565) and the Type 209 submarine SAS Queen Modjadji (S103) make up the South African complement for the exercise starting in Richards Bay on September 21.

 

The French light surveillance frigate, FNS Floreal (F730), part of the French naval force stationed at La Reunion, will be the sole French vessel taking part in this year’s exercise. The previous Exercise Oxide took place off the Mozambican port of Maputo.

 

This year’s exercise will again emphasise the search and rescue aspect of naval operations and will also include a high value target extraction, giving French Commandos and South African maritime reaction squadron members and Special Forces the opportunity to hone their particular skills.

 

Other French forces taking part will be a seaborne Commando group and an infantry section aboard a CASA CN235.

 

Other South African military elements to be deployed for the exercise, which ends on October 2, include a 28 Squadron C-130BZ, a 35 Squadron C-47TP and possibly a Super Lynx maritime helicopter (22 Squadron) as well as Special Forces comprising a submarine team, a submarine parachute action group and an airborne team. SA Military Health Services (SAMHS) will have task teams ashore and aboard with an operational emergency care practitioner on each of the SA Navy platforms taking part.

 

The search and rescue component will be co-ordinated by the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Cape Town and the Maritime Rescue Sub-regional Centre on La Reunion. It will centre round a distressed passenger liner scenario about 20 kilometres offshore from Richards Bay and will see all Exercise Oxide forces involved as well as the Richards Bay Port Authority and other government departments and agencies.

 

Military operations to be exercised include establishing an airhead either at Mtubatuba or Richards Bay airport, moving to Naval Island for the simulated high value extraction. Combat swimmers, attack divers, kayaks, inflatables, and delta boats will be utilised by Special Forces and the Maritime Reaction Squadron detachment.

 

The first week of sea operations coincide with World Maritime Day on September 24 and a number of events are planned for Richards Bay to mark the day.

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Hawkeye VS Land Cruiser mounted mobile surveillance system - Chess Dynamics

Hawkeye VS Land Cruiser mounted mobile surveillance system - Chess Dynamics

 

14 September 2015 by defenceWeb

 

A North African country has ordered long-range Hawkeye VS Land Cruiser mounted mobile surveillance systems to monitor and protect its borders.

 

The systems were ordered from Chess Dynamics in a multi-million pound contract by an unspecified North African customer, the company said. Chess Dynamics will initially provide 14 systems, which will be integrated onto all-terrain Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles. These will undergo extensive testing before deployment on border surveillance and intelligence gathering duties. Further batches will be delivered over the coming months following the initial training and deployment.

 

The Hawkeye VS system combines electro-optical sensors, including a thermal imaging and high resolution colour TV cameras, with a laser range finder and a Blighter Revolution 360 radar mounted on a pneumatic mast. The mast can raise the sensors 3 metres above the vehicle.

 

“We have developed the Hawkeye VS to provide defence and security forces with a highly mobile system which can quickly provide surveillance once it arrives in the operational area, plugging the gap on porous, ill-defined borders and giving a strong deterrent to illegal cross border activity,” said Graham Beall, Managing Director of Chess Dynamics.

 

“We see a tremendous potential for Hawkeye VS across not only Africa but in many parts of the world where borders are ill-defined or mobile surveillance systems are required”, he added.

 

The system starts operating when the FMCW (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) Doppler fastscan radar detects a target, which could be as small as a single walking person 7 km away, over a full 360 degree sector using a rotary positioner. Information from the radar is then passed by built-in tracker software to the cameras.

 

The cameras, which work in day or night conditions, slew-to-cue. The Thermal Imager recognises a person at a distance of over 2 kilometres while the high resolution TV camera provides a range of greater than 5 kilometres in daytime. The operator is then able to monitor the selected target and direct further assets to intercept and manage the situation.

 

The system operator sits in the rear seat of the vehicle with two 15 inch flat panel colour displays providing mapping, radar and EO imagery. The system can be controlled either by the built-in automatic software video tracker or via joystick, tracker ball and touch screen according to the user’s preference. In both cases the system locks onto the selected objects to control the head and follow objects. Images can be recorded for evidence and later analysis.

 

For the North African customer Hawkeye VS is being fitted to the Toyota Land Cruisers by Polish system integrators Germaz.

 

The UK-based Chess Dynamics is an aerospace and defence subsystem supplier that provides design, development and manufacturing solutions for land, maritime and airborne applications. The company specialises in precision stabilised and non-stabilised platforms, directors and positioners for electro-optic, radar, communication, security and surveillance systems, inclusive of thermal and daylight cameras and special sensors. The company has supplied several hundred of the core Cobra directors to the British Army for route survey and reconnaissance armoured vehicles during the past six years.

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Boeing to Develop New Military Communications Network for Australia

 

14 Sept. 2015 by Pacific Sentinel

 

Land 2072 Phase 2B heralds next generation of networking for Australian Defence Force

 

BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 10, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] will provide the next-generation communications system for land-based Australian Defence Forces (ADF) deployed around the world. Developed by an industry team led by Boeing Defence Australia (BDA), the Land 2072 Phase 2B system will provide secure wideband voice, data and video services over wireless and wired infrastructure between deployed forces and headquarters.

 

Acting BDA vice president and managing director Bill Madley said the system will be based on an agile, modular network design that improves communications capacity, flexibility and responsiveness. “After successfully delivering a number of the ADF’s most complex communication and information systems to date we are ready to deliver this critical new capability to the Commonwealth,” he said.

 

Under terms of the $665.7 million AU contract, BDA will provide the communications system and initial support services.

 

Defence’s Director General of Communication Systems, Myra Sefton, said that Defence's new Integrated Battlefield Telecommunications Network represents a generational transformation in the deployed communications capability of the Australian Defence Force.

 

“It will provide the infrastructure to handle the increasing data requirements of our modern defence force as they face a complex and dynamic battlespace,” Ms. Sefton said.

 

“The capability being developed by Boeing Defence Australia and its partners will be a force multiplier that will significantly enhance the effectiveness of our forces on deployed operations."

 

The Boeing solution is designed to be interoperable, scalable and able to evolve and grow with the needs of Australia’s modern army.

 

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L'offensive terrestre progresse au Yémen

Leclerc MBT - source Twitter

 

14/09/2015 Par Georges Malbrunot – LeFigaro.fr

 

Les forces de la coalition avancent dans la province de Mareb, mais leur progression se heurte à la résistance des rebelles Houthistes.

 

Alors que l'offensive terrestre de la coalition arabe a été lancée dimanche, cinq soldats saoudiens sont tués près de la frontière avec le Yémen. Ils «effectuaient leur devoir de protection de la frontière nationale face aux agresseurs rebelles», a rapporté l'agence de presse saoudienne SPA. Ils ont été tués dans le secteur sud de la province de Nadjran. L'offensive au sol a été lancée par les Émiriens et les Saoudiens dans la province pétrolière de Mareb, dans le centre du Yémen, avec comme objectif à terme Sanaa, la capitale, passée il y a un an aux mains des rebelles chiites Houthistes, qui ont depuis étendu leur influence à d'autres régions du pays.

 

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Les forces égyptiennes tuent par erreur des touristes mexicains en pourchassant des djihadistes


14.09.2015 45eNord.ca (AFP)
 

La police et l’armée égyptiennes ont tué dimanche 12 personnes, des touristes mexicains et des Égyptiens, en prenant pour cible par erreur leurs voitures alors qu’elles pourchassaient des djihadistes dans l’ouest de l’Égypte, a annoncé le ministère de l’Intérieur.

 

Le désert de l’Ouest, très prisé par les touristes, est aussi l’un des repaires de groupes jihadistes, dont la branche égyptienne de l’Etat islamique (EI), qui y avait décapité en août un jeune Croate travaillant pour une compagnie française et commet de nombreux attentats contre les forces de sécurité dans tout le pays.

« Les forces conjointes de la police et de l’armée, qui pourchassaient des terroristes à Wahat, dans le désert occidental, ont ouvert le feu par erreur sur quatre pick-up qui transportaient des touristes mexicains », lit-on dans un communiqué du ministère de l’Intérieur.

« Douze personnes ont été tuées et 10 blessées parmi les touristes mexicains et des Egyptiens » qui les accompagnaient, poursuit le ministère, assurant que les victimes « se trouvaient dans une zone qui n’était pas autorisée aux touristes ».

Le ministère ne précise pas le nombre de Mexicains tués, ni si les voitures ont été atteintes par des tirs d’armes automatiques, d’artillerie ou des bombardements aériens.

Dans l’après-midi, l’EI en Egypte avait affirmé dans un communiqué qu’il avait « résisté à une opération de l’armée dans le désert occidental » dimanche, et « mis en fuite des éléments de l’armée », sans plus de précisions.

Les groupes jihadistes, dont au moins deux assurent être des branches égyptiennes de l’EI –l’Etat islamique en Egypte et Province du Sinaï de l’Etat islamique– revendiquent régulièrement des attentats meurtriers visant les forces de l’ordre, en particulier dans la péninsule désertique du Sinaï, dans l’est, leur principal bastion.

Ces attaques se sont multipliées –y compris en plein coeur du Caire– depuis que l’armée a destitué et arrêté le président islamiste élu Mohamed Morsi le 3 juillet 2013 et que le nouveau pouvoir du président Abdel Fattah al-Sissi réprime dans le sang les partisans du chef de l’Etat déchu.

Des centaines de policiers et soldats ont été tués dans ces attentats et attaques commandos en plus de deux ans. Les jihadistes assuraient dans un premier temps agir en représailles à l’implacable répression qui s’est abattue sur les partisans de M. Morsi depuis sa destitution par M. Sissi, alors chef de la toute puissante armée.

Les forces de sécurité ont, depuis l’été 2013, tué plus de 1.400 manifestants pro-Morsi. Plus de 15.000 partisans de l’ex-président islamiste, des membres de sa confrérie des Frères musulmans pour l’essentiel, ont été emprisonnés. Des centaines –dont M. Morsi lui-même– ont été condamnés à mort en première instance dans des procès de masse expéditifs qualifiés par l’ONU de « sans précédent dans l’Histoire récente » du monde.

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Basel al-Assad International Airport

Basel al-Assad International Airport

 

September 13, 2015 defense-aerospace.com (Source: Deutsche Welle German radio)

 

A group monitoring the conflict in Syria says Russian forces are expanding a major airport in Latakia province. Russia has reiterated its support for the Syrian regime, but denies it is staging a military build-up.

 

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that Russian forces were working to extend an airstrip near a military airport in Latakia province, a stronghold of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his minority Alawite sect.

"Russian forces are building a long runway capable of accommodating large aircraft near the Hemeimeem military airport in Latakia province," the Observatory said, adding that hundreds of Russian technicians and military advisers had been brought to the site.

It also reported that the Russians were "preventing Syrians, whether military or civilian, from entering the area where they are building the runway."

The Hemeimeem airport, which houses a military base, is the second most important government-controlled airport after Damascus airport. It has come under shelling from rebel militants as they advance through the region.

The Observatory's director, Rami Abdurrahman, said sources had also reported that Russia was extending the Hamadiyeh airport in Tartus province, another regime stronghold, where Russia has a naval facility (photo above).

The Observatory bases its reports on a network of civilian, military and medical sources inside Syria.

 

Washington's fears

The claims come as US officials increasingly voice concerns that Russia is stepping up its military activities within the country, with President Barack Obama warning Moscow against propping up Assad. Washington says Russian aid is helping Assad avoid negotiating a political solution to the conflict.

Moscow, a long-time Assad ally, has freely admitted its support for the Syrian government, but denies any claims of a military build-up in the country, saying it is simply taking part in international efforts to combat the jihadist group "Islamic State" ("IS), which has made large territorial gains in both Syria and Iraq.

 

Continued Russian help

On Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia would continue to back Assad's regime in "its efforts to fight terrorism."

He also criticized the West for refusing to cooperate with Syrian forces in the fight against "IS," calling the government armed forces "the most efficient military force in the country."

Syria has been embroiled for more than four years in a civil conflict that began with anti-government protests in March 2011. More than 250,000 people have been killed in the violence, which has seen the government lose considerable swathes of territory to rebels and various jihadist groups such as "IS."

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NGC's AQS-24B Mine Hunting System Sets New Standard for Synthetic Aperture Sonar

 

Sep 14, 2015 ASDNews Source : Northrop Grumman Corporation

 

In a U.S. Navy field test, Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) AQS-24B mine hunting system successfully demonstrated the ability to perform synthetic aperture sonar processing at 18 knots in real time. The AQS-24B was developed at Northrop Grumman's Undersea Systems campus in Annapolis. The field testing took place at the U.S. Navy Central Command in Bahrain, May 19-28. The AQS-24B finished 12 for 12 in successfully executing missions during the test exercise. During separate Tactics Development trials in Panama City, Florida, the AQS-24B achieved a record long single sortie tow duration of 16.25 hours from a surface ship.

 

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photo Armée de Terre

photo Armée de Terre

 

14/09/2015 armée de Terre

 

Le 7 septembre 2015, Jean-Yves Le Drian, ministre de la Défense, s'est rendu à Poitiers au contact des militaires du régiment d'infanterie char de marine (RICM) qui s'apprête à engager près de 300 de ses hommes en Afrique, dans le cadre de l'opération BARKHANE.

 

Parallèlement, depuis janvier 2015 et le lancement de l'opération SENTINELLE, environ 500 marsouins du RICM ont également été déployés sur le territoire national. Comme l'explique le lieutenant-colonel Mickaël, chef des opérations du RICM, " en un peu moins d'un an, c'est près de la moitié du régiment qui aura été engagé tant en opération intérieure qu'en opération extérieure".

 

L'occasion pour le ministre de la Défense de rappeler la polyvalence de nos soldats et la complémentarité de ces deux missions qui visent à assurer la sécurité des Français, tant sur le territoire national qu'à l'étranger.

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